The Amazing Race filming in Saint Petersburg
Our managers co-working with the company First Field were responsible for all the preparation for episodes 6 and 7 of the 17th season of the reality “Amazing Race” in Saint-Petersburg.
Location scouting in Russia (Saint Petersburg):
We made a list of over 20 locations, which are typical for Russia and for Saint Petersburg. The main idea was to show the best of the city finding places of interest where is possible to make a quest or a contest for the participants of the reality.
Logistics: We had 15 cars with drivers rented for this project. Our managers were 24/7 monitoring their routes. Well planned and well-organized logistics helped us to spare a lot of time. Filming in Saint-Petersburg you always have to pay attention to traffic jams and to the openings of the bridges. Oopen bridges make almost impossible the access from one part of the city to another – keep this in mind planning night shootings.
Staff: We provided 40 English speaking administrators.
Customs: We helped to import equipment and props using carnet ATA.
Castings: We found musicians, actors and crowd scene. An orchestra at the circus, 20 piano players, 4 clowns, an actor performing the role of a film director, amazingly nice “babushkas” working at the potato field, a bear riding a motorcycle, etc.
Legal support of the filming in Russia.
Film Permits in Russia: To organize a legal filming in Russia is quite hard, but we did it. We had to get over 70(!) permits from different authorities: Committee of culture, Committee of law, Committee of transport, Committee of roads and bridges, police departments, fire departments, district administrations, owners of buildings, private security services etc. (on our site you can find an example of a production bible, containing all this papers).
Location management in Russia (Saint Petersburg): For two shooting days we had 19 independent filming sets with administrators and security. Generators, catering, crowd scene, etc. The filming was a complete success!